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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    You may want to check out Connect: Windows Advisor Beta. Not sure if it will help but you could try it just to see what it comes up with.

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Joe,
    The box is a custom "home brew" with basically, Gigabyte GA81dx MB, Pentium4 2.2g CPU, 2 gigs RAM, three 80gig HDs, XP on one C:, Vista on another D:, in dual boot mode. One DVDCD burner by Liteon, Netgear fa311v2 NIC, DSL access by my friends Verizon. 19" Vision LCD monitor. ATI 9550 graphics card AGP. Plus the other standard stuff.

    I downloaded and ran that Windows Advisor Beta program. It scanned and only came up with that I had UAC disabled and Phishing filter disabled. It does seem like a handy item to keep around, so I'll stow it in my Utility folder.
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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Have you checked for a BIOS update?

    Be sure to check the settings of the Advisor or it will start on every boot.

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Thanks, Joe.
    Yes I have. Using BIOS version F10, that Gigabyte says is the latest they have.
    That one is getting a little aged, so the possibility is there for a BIOS problem.

    I DID notice that run on start up box and unchecked it.
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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Hey Bob (Other One)! How are ya? Been meaning to make a reply and forgot. I was prompted by the sub-dialogue about Avast and Avg that all three of us were having. I have Avast running on both my XP and Vista drives and it does seem like I may have contributed to MY described crash by competing with Avast for the processor. Both the XP and Vista copies are updating daily without a problem, so I'm sticking with Avast. It seems to like to update its database in the morning, especially if you reboot the OS so I made it a point this morning to watch and listen in both OSs and Avast updated itself to today's data.

    As I said in my original post, I wouldn't describe myself as an unhappy Vista camper. I'm doing alright with it and I install a couple or a few apps every day, learn a bit more about its innards and so on. It may be my imagination or the three gig RAM I threw at it, but Vista does seem quite a bit faster in many things. One example I always notice since I run it frequently is Paint Shop Pro 10. It seems to do its first load much faster than it does in XP.

    And finally, just so this is clear to other readers of this thread. Bob (Viking) and I are both CLEAN INSTALL users of Vista in my view. We did not upgrade an XP to Vista, but clean installed on a second drive, so I don't think we have a problem in that area. The only thing he and I did differently is in choosing the method of dual booting - see <post:=709,367>post 709,367</post:>.

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Are you able to get any details about the BSODs? When you said you'd checked for the most current drivers, were you able to find Vista drivers?

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Been doing well, Al. Thanks for asking.
    Might have been my router or something, but when I ran (AVG 7.?) on both my XP and Vista machines, either one or the other would update, but I couldn't get both to update with the same session. Ir-regardless, I know run Avast on my Vista unit and AVG 8.0 on my XP (that has been thrown into a server mode along with my better half's card/mind games.) and they are both very happy.
    Heck, I've found that you throw 3 gig's ram on anything and you get a new lease on life - wonder if that works in real life too <grin>.
    Also, thanks for verifying that you and Bob (Viking) both installed Vista Ultimate on a clean system, not upgrading. For some reason I had in the back of my mind that you both had upgraded, Big difference now-a-days.
    Been enjoying my laptop (even though it has a 5400 rpm drive) for it's processing speed and just plain old solid feel.
    Have yourself a great week.

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Yes, I made sure Vista was mentioned as one of the OS's for the drivers.

    The BSODs have been rather generic with no mention of a driver or device, just the 0x0000008E, etc. most times. Seems like every boot is an adventure. Works great at times, then bombs out in another. Use the last known good boot and all seems OK.
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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    That error is usually from a faulty driver or failing hardware. See Bug Check 0x8E: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED & Troubleshooting Windows STOP Messages for more information. Maybe running a memory test is not a bad idea. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Also, have you checked the event logs? How about looked at any dumps?

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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Joe,
    The BSOD does not have an exception report included, just the 0x0000008E, etc with no mention of drivers or files.

    I have run the Vista memory tester twice and also a third party memory test. Nothing found.

    Checking the event log, I did see a few AVG failures for whatever reason. I don't think that is the cause of the problems since I have had them before installing AVG. However, not wanting to contribute more fuel to the fire, I uninstalled AVG and put Avast back in. I'll have to look at the event log to see if any more of those things are mentioned with Avast.

    I appreciate you sticking in here with me on this!
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    Re: Vista Crashes (Ultimate SP1)

    Just an update on this issue.
    ( I'll probably regret saying this but things SEEM to have quieted down on the BSOD front )
    Don't know why or how. So as soon as I post this, it'll probably blow up on me!
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